Bennetta set for G1 glory

Group One races are never easy to win, and tomorrow’s assignment in the Coolmore Classic for the Graheme Begg-trained, Corumbene Stud-bred and owned Bennetta is no different.

Asked to carry only 52kgs, leading jockey Glen Boss will partner the filly in her first test at the elite level.

Taking on a class field of mares that includes previous Group One winners Streama, Pear Tart, Appearance, Dear Demi and Norzita, Bennetta has the makings of a Group One winner, which was clearly evident after her victory over the fellow Corumbene runner Ichihara two starts back in the Group Two Light Fingers Stakes over 1200m at Rosehill.

With Ichihara since coming out and winning at Listed level, the General Nediym filly looks a great chance in the Coolmore Classic to record her fourth win at only her eighth career start. Currently standing in her way is a field of 13 talented fillies and mares, each trying to add the Group One trophy to their silverware collection.

With a list of winners that includes Alverta, Typhoon Tracy, Tuesday Joy, Regal Cheer, Shamekha and Sunline in recent years, the Coolmore Classic is one of only very few races at the elite level for the females.

Set to jump away from the middle of the line, the normal racing pattern of the filly is to go back and come home at a rate of knots, but with such high class mares in the race, it would be no surprise to see the filly a little more forward to take advantage of her light weight.

In what appears a very open race based on the current markets, Bennetta could cap off a very good day for George Altomonte and his Corumbene Stud who saddle up the favourite Overreach in an early race, the Group Two Moet And Chandon Stakes over 1200m, where if victorious, will cement her position as the Group One Golden Slipper favourite.


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